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These three books publishing at the start of 2015 (among others) have piqued my interest. Right, because I don’t own enough books to read already.

(Orbit | January 2015 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)


In this omnibus edition of N.K. Jemisin’s brilliantly original award-winning fantasy series, a young woman becomes entangled in a power struggle of mythic proportions.


Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

The Inheritance Trilogy omnibus includes the novels: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods.


There are a couple of reasons why this book is on my radar. I read the first installment of the trilogy, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms when it first published and liked it a lot. (1) As such, I’ve been wanting to catch up with the series since then; (2) I love omnibus volumes; and (3) one plus two equals three. What better way to catch up with the series than with this big omnibus?

(Angry Robot Books | March 2015 | Cover illustration artist: Joey HiFi)


Yes, we’re going back deep underground for another twelve rounds with Mookie Pearl. Father, barkeep, former Mafioso, ruler of his subterranean crime-kingdom. The Organization is back, and they’ll do anything to get Mookie on board, but Mookie has gone legit, and it’s taking every ounce of effort for him to keep his new bar from crashing and burning.

To top it all, his daughter is missing, and when Nora’s not in plain sight, that’s usually a sign of bad things to come! On one hand, the Organization. On the other, Nora. Why can’t Family ever be easy…?

WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR: I loved the first Mookie Pearl novel, The Blue Blazes. Of it, I said, “It may be reductive to do the whole combine-and-compare thing, but think one part Hellboy, one part Mathew Stover, one part Big Trouble in Little China, and throw in a dash of The Sopranos, the film The Wrestler and pulp sensibilities, and you might have an idea of what a great stew of fun this novel really is.” Also, just look at that awesome cover, right?

(Ace | January 27, 2015 | Cover illustration artist: Larry Rostant)


Myke Cole continues to blow the military fantasy genre wide open with an all-new epic adventure in his highly acclaimed Shadow Ops universe—set in the early days of the Great Reawakening, when magic first returns to the world and order begins to unravel…

US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional, a fierce warrior, and a hard man to kill. But when he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission gone bad, he finds himself—and his family—in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones, but when the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is overwhelmed and taken down.

That should be the end of the story. But Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell. With powers he doesn’t understand, Jim is called back to duty—as the ultimate warrior. As he wrestles with a literal inner demon, Jim realizes his new superiors are determined to use him for their own ends and keep him in the dark—especially about the fates of his wife and son

I have enjoyed each of Myke Cole’s first three SHADOW OPS novels a great deal (Control PointFortress FrontierBreach Zone), those three stories were linked by the characters to tell a full story. While Gemini Cell is set in the same universe, it tells a story apart from what we’ve read of Harlequin, Oscar, and Bookbinder years prior to the introduction of those characters.

About Rob H. Bedford (62 Articles)
Rob H. Bedford writes The Completeist Column and curates Mind Melds here at SF Signal. Elsewhere, he is the Lead Book reviewer for SFFWorld, where he is also a Moderator in their discussion forums. In addition to over a decade’s worth of reviews at SFFWorld, his reviews and articles have also appeared at and in the San Francisco/Sacramento Book.

5 Comments on On My Radar: THE INHERITANCE TRILOGY OMNIBUS by N.K. Jemisin, THE HELLSBLOOD BRIDE by Chuck Wendig, GEMINI CELL by Myke Cole

  1. Love the look of Gemini Cell so much! And the Inheritance Trilogy would be an awesome addition to the bending shelves as I have wanted to start this series for a while.

  2. Definitely the third is on my radar too 🙂

  3. Very excited about the Jemisin omnibus! I mean, i’ve got the whole trilogy in paperback… but, #omnibus!

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